The narrative that is Old Dublin cannot be told without due veneration to its many places of worship, its many churches, and imposing cathedrals. Within these august structures lie the associated tragedies and triumphs of generations of its disciples’.
From the stonemasons and ecclesiastical to the generations of its parishioners and beyond. Antiquity beckons and creativity lures. One is compelled to admire and reflect. The mundane is beautiful because of its history. The beautiful is beyond aesthetic because of its sheer presence. Names are codified to bring familiarity, principled people and unprincipled devotion. The architects of grandeur and ordinariness are everywhere to be seen.
The processional path that winds its way to follow in the footsteps of the flock of yesteryear is where we bring you on this tour. Foundation upon foundation is revisited as we learn of the characters and conspiracies that are embedded on and in this principled part of the old town. Slumbering soldiers, saints and the sentinels of centenaries are recalled as we inspect and explain their imprint on our city. Superstitions and celebrations are revisited as we recount the impact of the cities evolution and its religious dependence.
The culmination of the tour is a visit to St.Patrick;s Cathedral where we see at first hand the statues and artefacts that abound in this 12century Early Gothic Cathedral with its eternal connection with St.Patrick and Jonathan Swift, he of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ fame. The names of the many who have made their mark on the city are too numerous to mention. Come and experience it all on our tour of ‘Great Churches and Cathedrals of Old Dublin’.
"Thank you so much Antoin, we enjoyed our time with you very much. Your knowledge was shared in such an engaging way. Fascinating historical stories! Truly was what we needed after a difficult trip. Thank you!"
"I had the opportunity to do the Churches and Cathedrals tour. The journey had something special because the guide was passionate about Irish culture and language. It was fascinating to hear stories and facts about Dublin and see the beautiful churches that make the city a rich culture. I highly recommend this Tailteann Tours for the excellent customer service."
- Acauan Malta
"We enjoyed spending part of our day with Antoin. Due to some scheduling issues, he was gracious enough to rearrange his schedule for our tour, which we really appreciated. He is very knowledgeable about the city, was punctual and very accommodating. He even offered to extend our tour to cover extra areas."
- Private Client
To enthral to appease, monuments to eternity and emotion
Signifying iconic enlightenment tailored with sincere devotion
Layers of sunlight and sadness commanding
All that is cherished and frowned upon not withstanding
Surveying all and sundry from its perch of hallowed redemption
Cajoling and extolling the virtues of narrow exemption
A doorway to the other we mock sometimes with caution
Life’s threadbare story is told with genuflected exhaustion
Steeples’ and steps convey the cross of Gethsemane
This city’s pains will view it through the looking-glass of enmity
Grey and foreboding as it commands its sacrifice to immortality
It begs the forgiveness of its flock’s external solidarity
The ghosts of the conqueror and conquered remember them all
Treading softly and loudly we can still hear their call
Buttressed through time with the cement of hardened pleasure
The stained glass of miscellany that we must always treasure
Contemporaries of the cult of all consuming madness
Stare jealously at history’s bestowal, its monuments of gladness
The catacombs of consciousness where their memories lie hidden
Salutations to solemnity where all sins are forgiven
Tombs to the unknown, the known and their peoples
I remember them still as I stare at the steeples
The wretched and rich that assembled so loudly
Let us remember them all in quiet prayer but perhaps proudly.
Antóin Ó Lochraigh
Please note: Booking is essential; To avoid disappointment, please contact us in the first instance to secure your place on one of our tours or use the online booking facility.
Meet at the main entrance to Dublin Castle at Palace Street, just off Dame Street. Prepare for a 3-hour walk approx., with a stop for a break in between. Bring good walking shoes, raingear of whatever variety and a sense of humour. As an appropriate footnote: ' Bíonn siúlach scéalach '- 'Travellers have tales to tell'. Source anonymous.
A walk through Dublin City in the company of a native Dubliner with the emphasis on history, culture and the great Irish ability to tell a story and to sing a song. In addition, and at no extra cost an actual rendition of a self-penned verse or perhaps a spot of warbling. I'd like to share my love of history with you, after all the past is our present and should be part of our future.
Tours are in English, with Irish translations, where appropriate. I also speak Intermediate level Dutch. Duration: 3 hours approx., with a short break in-between. Tour prices and booking options are available in the booking section.
The contact hours are Monday to Sunday, 09:00 - 20:00 IST.
We can also arrange a half-day private tour for a maximum of twelve people. This incorporates a collection of parts of our three Tours combined. Tour duration 4-5 hours approx. A break for refreshments in between. Group of 2: €50 per person, Group of 3: €30 p.p., Group of 4 or more: €25 p.p. Refreshments: €10 approx. (This is an extra). Please contact us for details.